Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
As lovingly written as it is beautifully rendered.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Disney TV star Bridgit Mendler brings an effective if limited friendliness to Arrietty; Will Arnett and Amy Poehler are relatively restrained as her parents; Carol Burnett runs through a career's worth of vocal flourishes and aural panic attacks as the housekeeper.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The lyrical animation, with its meditative attention to nature, bears the unique stamp of Japan's Studio Ghibli, cofounded by the great ­"Spirited Away" animator Hayao Miyazaki.
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By Michelle Orange
It's a matinee treat for the very little ones, after all.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A feast for the eyes that will engage the entire family.
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By Bob Mondello
The Secret World of Arrietty may be too gentle and meditative to be the studio's breakout hit in this country, but it's another sweet advance, and further evidence that the Ghibli secret must soon out.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
With its lush colors, imaginative view of ordinary objects and meticulously crafted miniature civilization, it transports viewers to an enchanting alternate storybook reality.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
What's missing is any real menace - the signature Miyazaki freak factor that turns spirits into monsters and parents into pigs.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
At the technical level, The Secret World of Arrietty isn't as ambitious as the studio's finest work, and the animation is stronger on texture than detail.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Sadly suffers from more than a dollop of boredom. Like the ornate dollhouse that plays a part, "Arrietty" is lovely and well-appointed, but filled with only what you bring to it.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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